“And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” – 2 Peter 3:15-16
In my daily Bible reading, I am reading Romans. I am convinced that the Letter to the Romans is what Peter had in mind when he said, “There are some things in them that are hard to understand.”
I have so much trouble keeping all of the arguments straight as I read through the book. Paul just unloads quote after quote, allusion after allusion, and, seemingly, runs from one thing to another. Every time I come to the book of Romans I sit down and think to myself, “Ok, I am going to focus and ‘get it’ this time!” – but I always walk away with more questions than answers.
So, in good OCD fashion, I am going to chart the book out. I use desk calendars to schedule everything and the back of each month provides a great place to write large lists or to play around with charts, scales, and paths. I know exactly what the back of August 2010 is going to be used for. And I have also grabbed Reading Romans by Robert F Turner. I have heard good things about it and hopefully it can help me out.
What is interesting about Peter’s statement in 2 Peter 3 is that Peter tells his audience in vv 17ff that they need to be careful lest they be carried away. In other words, “Even though it is difficult, you need to figure it out!”